Mulan 2 was a decent sequel. Of course it isn't as good as the wonderful original, which is one of the better Disney movies of the 90s. As far as this sequel goes it isn't as good as Aladdin and the King of Thieves, Simbas's Pride and Beauty and the Beast:The Enchanted Christmas, but I do think it is an improvement over Cinderella 2 and Jungle Book 2. The animation wasn't so bad, it was nice and colourful, but nothing too fancy. The avalanche scene in the original made my jaw drop by the way. The songs and music are fairly decent and memorable on the most part, my favourite is "I want to be like other girls" but Jerry Goldsmith, who is my favourite film composer, is missed. The music he did for the original is beautiful, and I don't think is appreciated as much as it should be. I liked the three princess characters as well. And the voice acting on the whole was very good; Ming Na is a spirited Mulan and Pat Morita has little to do, but is fine as the emperor. However, I did miss Eddie Murphy, Mark Moseley did his very best, but Mushu isn't as funny as he was in the first movie, in fact he is annoying and unlikeable often. The story was clumsily handled at times as it seemed to focus on Mulan and Shang's petty arguments than upholding the country honour. And the film was devoid of humour, with the exception of Ling's very lame jokes. And I don't know why Shang is such a jerk in this movie, he isn't really the handsome and brave Shang I came to admire. On the whole, decent, but don't expect the original. 6/10 Bethany Cox
In Mulan-1, there are 367 conversational turns (4017 words spoken) from male-coded characters and 172 turns (1406 words) from female-coded characters; Mulan-2 contains 213 male-coded conversational turns (2937 words) and 117 female-coded turns (1372 words). Hence, there is a clear power imbalance with regard to the number of conversational turns and overall amount of talk assigned to male-coded characters in each movie, which also reflects the imbalanced number of male-coded to female-coded speaking characters in both movies. However, there is a marked reduction in the overall amount of male-coded talk in Mulan-2.
There are also clear differences in the use of conversational strategies and amount of talk assigned to male-coded characters across the two movies. Namely, in Mulan-2, male-coded characters exhibit fewer domineering strategies in conversation and experience a marked decrease in the amount of conversational turns and overall talk. More specifically, even though male-coded characters in Mulan-2 have the assigned status and associated power to command and question others, the content of such talk is often not to give directives or ask for confirmations (as is the predominant function in Mulan-1), but it is more often used to seek help. Traditionally, needing help, seeking it, and then accepting it is considered a more feminine characteristic (England et al., 2011). This suggests a more balanced footing in Mulan-2 than Mulan-1, as male-coded characters appear to need more assistance, especially from female-coded characters. 2b1af7f3a8